Catherine Trautmann elected President of Eurimages
Catherine Trautmann elected President of Eurimages
15/12/2016 – Catherine Trautmann was today elected President of Eurimages, the support fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works.
Born in Strasbourg, Catherine Trautmann is a fervent European. With an excellent knowledge of the film and audio-visual sector, she has been a longstanding proponent of the protection and promotion of cultural diversity. She has held senior governmental and European posts, notably as French Minister for Culture and Communication from 1997 to 2000, as member of the French delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and then as a very active Member of the European Parliament for 18 years.
Catherine Trautmann succeeds Jobst Plog, whose excellent work at the head of Eurimages since 2009 she saluted: “I am conscious of the good fortune of working with a Board of Management and Secretariat that are both competent and committed, at the service of a Fund which has proved its worth and at a time when it is vital to reaffirm European values”. For his part, Mr Plog expressed his satisfaction that the “Board has found a candidate capable of ensuring the continuity of our work”.
Ms Trautmann will chair the Eurimages Fund as from 1 January 2017 for a four-year term of office.
13 co-productions supported at the 145th Eurimages Board of Management meeting
16/12/2016 – At its 145th meeting held from 12 to15 December 2016 in Krakow, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 11 fiction, 1 documentary and 1 animation film projects.
5 Eurimages-supported films awarded at the European Film Awards
12/12/2016 – On Saturday evening, the European Film Awards hosted in Wroclaw, awarded Toni Erdmann (DE, AT) by Maren Ade five of the biggest prizes of the evening: Best European Film, Best European Director, Best European Screenwriter, Best European Actress (Sandra Hüller) and Best European Actor Prize (Peter Simonischek).
The co-production My Life as a Zucchini (CH, FR) by Claude Barras was awarded the Prize for Best European Animated Feature Film.
Land of Mine (DK, DE) by Martin Zandvliet received three awards: Best European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo di Palma to Camilla Hjelm Knudsen, Best European Costume Designer to Stefanie Bieker and Best European Hair and Make-Up Artist Award to Barbara Kreuzer.
The Prize for Best European Editor was awarded to Anne Østerud & Janus Billeskov Jansen for The Commune (DK, SE, NL), by Thomas Vinterberg.
The Prize for Best European Sound Designer was awarded to Radosław Ochnio for the co-production 11 Minutes (PL, IE) by Jerzy Skolimowski.
Finally, the European Co-Production Award – Prix Eurimages was awarded to the Dutch producer Leontine Petit, who has (co)-produced many films supported by the Eurimages Fund among which children’s films and has received many awards in the world (see the press release).
First meeting of working group on gender equality recommendation
12/12/2016 – Following the Sarajevo conference declaration in August 2015 and further to approval of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, the first meeting of the working group on a gender equality recommendation in the audiovisual sector (CPP-ESA), took place in Paris at the OECD on 1-2 December. The second and final meeting of this working group is scheduled for 30-31 March 2017 in Strasbourg. It is envisaged that a pioneering recommendation in this area be adopted by the Council of Europe by end 2017. The working group is being managed by the CDCPP in collaboration with Eurimages."
Eurimages Lab Project Award
13/12/2016 – The fourth and last EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT AWARD was given last night to the project entitled The Hidden City de Victor Moreno, produced by the companies El Viaje Films (ES) and Pomme Hurlante (FR), in the framework of the Festival’s initiative Work-In-Progress which came to a close last night. The jury composed of the directors Bertrand Bonello and Clément Cogitore, Béatrice Fiorentino (Venice’s International Critics Weeks), Sara Norberg (Director of Helsinki’s International Film Festival, Love & Anarchy) and Karin Schockweiler (LU) for Eurimages, was impressed by the imagery and the audacious concept of this project which films the reality in an innovative and creative way with its mixture of documentary and science fiction. See the Festival's website.
The third EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT AWARD awarded on 12 November 2016 in the framework of the AGORA Works-In-Progress initiative of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival went to the project Thorn by Garbiel Tzafka, produced by the companies Kakavias Film (GR) and Nitrat Film (DK). The jury composed of Alexandros Christoyiannis (Content Director & Deputy Director, OTE TV, Greece), Giorgio Gosetti (Artistic Director, Venice Days – Venice Festival, Italy) and Rachel Schmid (Eurimages Representative, Switzerland) who were particularly seduced by the quality of the projects in this edition and also awarded the GRAAL Co-production Prize to the film Charlton Heston by Andrei Cretulescu. Further information on the Festival’s website.
The second EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT AWARD presented at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund as part of its New Nordic Films’ works-in-progress held on 24 and 25 August 2016 went to the Icelandic project The wind blew on directed by Katrín Ólafsdóttir and produced by Katrín Ólafsdóttir and Katie Nicoll. The jury consisting of the Norwegian director Bent Hamer, the Eurimages Dutch representative Dorien van de Pas and Heidi Zwicker, programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, was “struck by the beauty of the images and the whole cinematic approach. The concept of the film creates an emotional, which reaches out directly to us, the viewers. The jury respects the Commitment of this filmmaker to the strong vision and the Independent way of developing the project”. See the press-release and the Festival website.
The first EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT presented at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as part of its “Works in Progress” event went to the film Perseverance (Vztrajanje) by Miha Knific, a co-production between Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Serbia. The jury consisting of Karin Schockweiler (Eurimages Luxembourg representative), Kim Yutani (Sundance IFF) and Meinolf Zurhorst (ARTE/ZDF) was "moved by this poetic film that evokes the basic conditions of mankind". It decided to give the Eurimages Lab Project Award @ KVIFF amounting to €50,000 to this film "for its visually striking and sensory jouney through the secrets, memories, and imagination of the human race". This jury also decided to give the Works in Progress Award in a total value of €100,000 to the film entitled Requiem for Mrs. J (RS, BG, MK) by Bojan Vuletić, supported by Eurimages. More information on the Festival's website.
Tallinn closes the Eurimages Co-production Development Awards for 2016
24/11/2016 - TALLINN: The Baltic Event’s Co-production Market organised during the The Black Nights Film Festival came to a close last night with the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award given to the project entitled Citizen Saint by Tinatin Kajrishvili which will be produced by Lasha Khalvashi, Artizm, Georgia. This prize worth 20000 euros was awarded by a jury composed of Uldis Dimiševskis, Head of the Production and Development within the "National Film Centre" of Latvia and Latvian representative to the Eurimages Board of Management, Suzanne Glansborg, Executive Producer at TV4/Bonnier Broadcasting in Sweden and Titus Kreyenberg, General Director and Producer at unafilm in Germany. More information on the web-site of the event.
ROME: SISTERS by Emin Alper won the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award 2016, the prize awarded in the framework of MIA. The Special Mention was awarded to FORTNIGHT by Aga Woszcyńska. The award ceremony, which took place in the Chiostro Grande of the Terme di Diocleziano, has been hosted by Lucia Milazzotto, director of the International Audiovisual Market, and by the Eurimages President Jobst Plog, who has awarded the prizes. The jury, composed by Iole Giannattasio, Ilann Girard, Lee Magiday and Michael Weber, has awarded the Eurimages Co-Production Development Prize 2016 of 20.000 Euros to Sisters, directed by Emin Alper and produced by Nadir Öperli. Emir Alper, representative of the new generation of the Turkish cinema, gets acknowledged for his own take of the Anatolian traditional society. Sisters explores the Ottoman institution of Besleme, where village girls are placed in well-established foster families, hoping in a better life. What should be a hope for a better life carries with it an insight into the complexities of their desire for freedom and the reality of being stuck in a predefined role in a traditional culture. The Jury was challenged in coming to a unanimous decision and have decided to give special mention to Fortnight by Aga Woszcyńska, produced by Agnieszka Wasiak. A contemporary tale about a privileged Polish couple confronted by a situation that challenges the dynamic of their relationship. An intimate story that touches on the widening distances in our society. All information on www.miamarket.it.
AMSTERDAM - Two major prizes were handed out to projects selected for this year’s Junior Co-Production Market during the closing ceremony of Cinekid for Professionals 2016 last Saturday: the Eurimages Co-production Develoment Award went to HAND IN HAND, written by Erik Ahrnbom, Grethe Bøe-Waal, directed by Grethe Bøe-Waal and produced by MINT ab (Sweden, Norway, Germany). The Jury said: "We would like to hand out this award to a film that tackles a difficult subject with a lighter and empowering story. A film that will probably appeal to a large audience, while adding another more complex layer. It’s about children who are set apart in society, providing them the tools to find their own strength. Two girls who are outsiders, bullied by their friends, find their own path by working together and taking responsibility where others don’t. It’s a clear metaphor for how bullying is often dealt with, a topic that is universal, relevant and important to address". The Jury also wished to award two Special Mentions of this award to the projects RASPBERRIES WITH MUSTARD, written by Ruth Olshan, Heike Fink, directed by Ruth Olshan and produced by zischlermann filmproduktion GmbH (Germany) and added "We would like to make a special mention of this delicately balanced film that shows an angry but brave young girl who is grieving for the loss of her mother", as well as to the project 16, written and directed by Kenneth Elvebakk, produced by Fuglene AS (Norway) for which the Jury said "It’s a beautiful, daring feature that observes those who are, unfortunately so often, still seen as different. Kenneth Elvebakk’s dedication to the subject, and the delicate way he wants to portray the main characters, is inspiring." More information on www.cinekid.nl.
ROTTERDAM : Open call for projects at Cinemart which will be held from 29 January to 1 February 2017 in the framework of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, with the deadline being set at 16 September 2016. Information on the modalities for submission of projects can be found in the Festival’s website at the following address: https://iffr.com/en/professionals/iffr-industry/cinemart/cinemart-project-entry.
BERLIN: The Call for Project Submissions for the 14th Berlinale Co-Production Market (12-14 February 2017), which will take place as part of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival (9-19 February) is open! Experienced producers from around the world are invited to submit their new feature-length fiction projects with a budget range from 1 to 20 million Euros, with at least 30% of financing (or the local production funding) already in place, for which they are seeking international co-production and financing partners. Please find the specific project requirements along with more detailed information and the SUBMISSION FORM online here. The deadline for project submissions is 12 October 2016. This year’s selection will be made by 22 December 2016 and will be officially announced in January. See the Press-Release.
Toni Erdmann rewarded in Seville!
14/11/2016 – The 13th edition of the Seville Film Festival which came to a close on Saturday evening with the awarding of the Eurimages Prize for Best European Production to the film Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade, a co-production between Germany and Austria, also rewarded by the Grand Audience Award in the EFA Selection. The Jury was seduced by “a story that defends the freedom of being oneself and the courage to break with appearances and social protocol”. Other co-productions supported by the Fund figure in the award-winning list of this festival: it is the case of Godless (BG, FR, DK) by Ralitza Petrova, which won the ASECAN Best Film Award in the Official Section and Heartstone (IS, DK) by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson which received the “3rd Ocaña Award to Freedom” and the film Albüm (TR, FR, RO) by Mehmet Can Mertoglu awarded with the Special Prize in the New Waves Section. Further information on the Festival’s website.
The Prizes of the 17th edition of Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma européen
10/11/2016 – The 17th edition of the event Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen, a collaboration between the Odyssée cinema, the Council of Europe and the Eurimages Fund came to a close last night with the awarding of the Odyssée - Council of Europe Prize for Artistic Creation to the film Les Innocentes by Anne Fontaine and the Odyssée - Council of Europe Prize for Human Rights ex-aequo to the co-productions Soleil de Plomb – Zvizdan by Dalibor Matanic and Abluka – suspiscions by Emin Alper. The award-giving ceremony which took place in the presence of members of the jury was followed by the screening of the film Les Innocentes by Anne Fontaine, a co-production between France and Poland. See the press release.
26 co-productions supported at the 144th Board of Management meeting
25/10/2016 – At its 144th meeting held from 17 to 21 October 2016 in Tallinn, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 22 fiction, 3 documentaries and 1 animation film projects.
European quality arthouse cinema on screens in Strasbourg!
06/10/2016 - The 17th edition of the event Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen, a collaboration between the Odyssée cinema, the Council of Europe and the Eurimages Fund began last night with the screening of the film Youth by Paolo Sorrentino, a co-production between Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, in the presence of a jury composed of 12 Permanent Representatives to the Council of Europe, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Executive Director of Eurimages. This event which proposes for several weeks the programming of a selection of 11 films supported by the Eurimages Fund will have in addition two special screenings on 11 October and 5 November (screening followed by a debate) and will end on 9 November 2016 with awarding of two honorific prizes (the Odyssée - Council of Europe Prize for Artistic Creation and the Odyssée - Council of Europe Prize for Human Rights) and the screening of a film Les Innocentes by Anne Fontaine, a French-Polish co-production supported by the Eurimages Fund. Further information in the flyer and on the Odyssée cinema's website.
Summer Festivals - Prizes and nominations
26/09/2016 – Four Eurimages-supported films screened in the framework of the 64th San Sebastian Film Festival were rewarded during the closing ceremony on 24 September 2016: the Special Jury Prize was awarded to the Swedish film Jätten (The Giant) by Johannes Nyholm, co-produced with Denmark and selected in official competition. The film Park by Sofia Exarchou, winner of the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, was rewarded with the Kutxabank-New Directors Prize and the animation film Ma vie de courgette (CH, FR) by Claude Barras received the European Film Prize. Finally the Signis Prize, was awarded to the French-German co-production Nocturama by Bertrand Bonello. The full list of award winners is on the Festival’s website.
12/09/2016 –The 73rd Venice Festival came to a close last Saturday with the Silver Lion for Best Director awarded to the director Andrei Konchalovsky for the German-Russian co-production supported by Eurimages, Rai (Paradise), also rewarded by two collateral awards: the Segnalazione Cinema for UNICEF 2016 and the Padre Nazareno Taddei Prize.
The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) awarded its prize to the film Une Vie by Stéphane Brizé, a French-Belgian co-production supported by the Eurimages Fund selected in the official competition of the Festival..
Several prizes from the Venice Days section were also awarded to films supported by Eurimages: the Europa Cinemas Label and the Prize for Best First Film for Sami Blood (SE, DK, NO) by Amanda Kernell, the Prize for Best European Film for the co-production entitled Quit Staring At My Plate (HR, DK) by Hana Jusic and finally the Queer Lion for the film Heartstone (IS, DK) by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson. The list of award winners are on the Festival’s website.
22/08/2016 - During the closing ceremony of the 69th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival which took place on Saturday 20 August, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Feature Film was awarded to the film Album by Mehmet Can Mertoglu (TR, FR, RO), a co-production supported by Eurimages between Turkey, France and Romania, which was also rewarded with the Cineuropa and CICAE prizes. The co-production Dogs by Bogdan Mirica (RO, FR, BG) won the Special Jury Mention as well as the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor for Gheorghe Visu. The film Godless by Ralitza Petrova (BG, FR, DK), already rewarded in Locarno, was given the Special Jury Prize as well as the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress awarded to Irena Ivanova.
The Eurimages Co-production Development Award worth 20000 euros, awarded in the framework of the CineLink Co-production Market was awarded to the project God exists, her name is Petrunija which will be directed by Teona S Mitevska and produced by the company Sisters and Brother Mitevski from the “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.
Finally, the “Post Republic Award” awarded in the framework of the Work-in-Progres initiative was awarded to a film having received Eurimages co-production support: Touch me not by Adina Pintilie.
See the complete list of award winners of the 22nd edition on the Festival’s website.
16/08/2016 - The 69th Locarno Film Festival came to a close on Saturday 13 August, with the Pardo d’Oro (Golden Leopard) Prize awarded to the film Godless by Ralitza Petrova (Bulgaria,Denmark,France).
The Prize for Best Actress was awarded to Irena Ivanova for Godless.
And the Special Jury Prize was awarded to the film Scarred Hearts by Radu Jude (Romania,Germany).
Eurimages Lab Project Award
30/08/2016 –The second EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT AWARD presented at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund as part of its New Nordic Films’ works-in-progress held on 24 and 25 August 2016 went to the Icelandic project The wind blew on directed by Katrín Ólafsdóttir and produced by Katrín Ólafsdóttir and Katie Nicoll. The jury consisting of the Norwegian director Bent Hamer, the Eurimages Dutch representative Dorien van de Pas and Heidi Zwicker, programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, was “struck by the beauty of the images and the whole cinematic approach. The concept of the film creates an emotional, which reaches out directly to us, the viewers. The jury respects the Commitment of this filmmaker to the strong vision and the Independent way of developing the project”. See the press-release and the Festival website.
The third and fourth editions of this award will be respectively hosted by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Festival des Arcs. Please note that in order to be eligible, projects must be mainly produced in a Eurimages member state, be shortlisted at one of the above four events and show international co-operation between at least two countries.
Call for Work-in-Progress at Les Arcs! Submissions are open until October 7, 2016 : all eligibility criteria and submissions forms are available on the Festival web-site. See the press-release.
The first EURIMAGES LAB PROJECT (more details under Promotion/Prizes) presented at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as part of its “Works in Progress” event went to the film Perseverance (Vztrajanje) by Miha Knific, a co-production between Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Serbia. The jury consisting of Karin Schockweiler (Eurimages Luxembourg representative), Kim Yutani (Sundance IFF) and Meinolf Zurhorst (ARTE/ZDF) was "moved by this poetic film that evokes the basic conditions of mankind". It decided to give the Eurimages Lab Project Award @ KVIFF amounting to €50,000 to this film "for its visually striking and sensory jouney through the secrets, memories, and imagination of the human race". This jury also decided to give the Works in Progress Award in a total value of €100,000 to the film entitled Requiem for Mrs. J (RS, BG, MK) by Bojan Vuletić, supported by Eurimages. More information on the Festival's website.
29 co-productions supported at the 143rd Board of Management meeting
28/06/2016 – At its 143rd meeting held from 20 to 24 June 2016 in Amsterdam, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 27 fiction and 2 documentary feature film projects.
5 films supported by Eurimages rewarded at the Cannes Film Festival!
23/05/2016 – The Jury of the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival awarded the Best Directing prize to Cristian Mungiu for Bacalaureat (Graduation), a co-production between Romania, Belgium and France.
The Un Certain Regard Special Prize was awarded to the animation film The Red Turtle by Michael Du Dok De Wit, a co-production between France and Belgium.
The Critics Jury presented the FIPRESCI Award to Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade, a co-production between Germany and Austria in Official Competition and the FIPRESCI Award to Caini (Dogs) by Bogdan Mirica, a co-production between Romania, France and Bulgaria in Un Certain Regard.
Albüm, by Mertoglu Mehmet Can, a co-production between Turkey, France and Romania, was presented the Visionary Award of the Critics Week.
In the Director’s Fortnight section, Wolf And Sheep by Sadat Shahrbanoo, a co-production between Denmark, France and Sweden won the Art Cinema Award.
See the full list of award winners on the Festival’s website.
19/04/2016 –The 2016 Audentia Award for best female director was presented to Anca Damian (The Magic Mountain) during the closing ceremony of the 35th Istanbul Film Festival Eurimages. The award, a cash prize of 30 000 euros, has been instigated by Eurimages alongside a raft of other measures to promote greater gender equality in the European film industry. (Press release)
01/04/2016 - Gaetano Adinolfi, aka « Nino », passed away on Tuesday 29 March. Former Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, he was also the founding President of the Eurimages Fund. The Board of Management and the Eurimages Secretariat wish to pay tribute to this great founding personality of the Fund, salute the memory of a lighthearted and committed man, and share the grief of his family, relatives and friends.
A couple of days earlier, it was with a great shock and sadness that we learnt about the early departure of Toine Berbers, Dutch representative to the Eurimages Board of Management from 2001 to 2009 and Vice-Chair in 2005 and 2006. We remember Toine not only as a wise, kind and profoundly humane person but also as a most efficient and committed colleague. Toine will be sorely missed by all of us but our memories of his warmth and smile will remain forever.
16 co-productions supported at the 142nd Board of Management meeting
14/03/2016 – At its 142nd meeting held from 8 to 11 March 2016 in Tirana, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund agreed to support 13 fiction and 3 documentary feature film projects.
Eurimages in Berlin...
22/02/2016 – The 66th Berlinale edition came to a close on Saturday evening with the Silver Bear for Best Actress awarded to Trine Dyrholm for her interpretation in the co-production The Commune (DK, SE, NL) by Thomas Vinterberg, supported by Eurimages. The film Les premiers, les derniers (FR, BE) by Bouli Lanners, also supported by Eurimages, was awarded the 2016 Panorama Prize and the Label Europa Cinemas. See the full list of award winners. Moreover, the second Eurimages Co-production Development Award was given in the framework of the Berlinale Co-production Market to an animation film project entitled Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman directed by Pierre Földes which will be produced by the company Cinéma Defacto in co-operation with the Hungarian company Proton Cinema. The jury composed of Katriel Schory (Israel Film Fund), Ada Solomon (HiFilm Productions in Romania) and Pablo Pérez de Lema Sáenz de Viguera (Spanish Eurimages representative) also decided to award a Special Mention to two other projects: Memories from the Cell by Alvaro Brechner produced by Tornasol (ES) and The Little Comrade by Moonika Siimets, produced by the company Amrion (EE). Further information in the press release.
Eurimages in CineMart, Rotterdam
04/02/2016 –The first Eurimages Co-production Development Award of 2016 was awarded yesterday during the close of the 33rd edition of the CineMart co-production market organised in the framework of Rotterdam’s International Film Festival (27/01-07/02/2016). This prize of 20 000 euros was given to the project entitled Berlin Alexanderplatz which will be directed by Burhan Qurbani (DE) and produced by the German company Sommerhaus Filmproduktion. The Jury composed of Annamaria Lodato (ARTE), Fabien Westerhoff (FFWD) and Dorien van de Pas (Representative of the Netherlands within the Eurimages Board of Management) was seduced by this project which gives us a new and relevant view on a classic piece (see press release).
Armenia joins Eurimages
28/01/2016 – The Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe Eurimages is pleased to welcome a new member state, Armenia, as of 1st January 2016.
As a result, co-production projects involving a co-producer from Armenia can be submitted to Eurimages for examination at the forthcoming meetings.
As Armenia does not have access to the support mechanisms of the CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA Programme, distributors from Armenia can apply for support. In the same manner, exhibitors from Armenia will be eligible for the Eurimages programme of support for exhibition. Press release
05/01/2016 - It is with a profound sense of shock that we have learned of the death of Artan Minarolli, Albanian representative at Eurimages Board of Management. In Artan, Eurimages has lost not only a valued filmmaker but also a great friend, appreciated by all for his kindness and warmth.
We grieve the loss of Artan with the Albanian film community, the memory of Artan will remain with us through his films and his unforgettable smile.